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Welcome to Mines and Earth Sciences




The College of Mines and Earth Sciences offers eighteen accredited undergraduate and graduate degrees in Earth Sciences, Atmospheric Sciences, Geology and Geophysics, Geological Engineering, Mining Engineering, and Metallurgical Engineering. These degree programs are inherently interdisciplinary and draw from many fields of science, engineering, and the humanities.

  Graduates of the College of Mines and Earth Sciences will emerge as well rounded individuals, able to interpret the complex ways in which our planet was born and continues to evolve in the face of both natural and human-led activities. Many graduates go onto careers within industry, academia, and government, serving as scientists, engineers, and stewards of our planet and our natural resources.

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We are proud to have some of the most active students on campus. To quench their thirst for adventure, discovery, and knowledge, we provide many opportunities for our students to conduct field research and laboratory experiments, while learning from world-class faculty. These experiences, both in and out of the classroom, help them emerge as leaders in the face of our ever-changing world and prepares them for diverse careers in the earth sciences. Your generous donations enable us to provide our students with field trips, scholarship support, research opportunities and student organizations that facilitate their success. Please help our students follow your path to success and consider making a gift to the College of Mines and Earth Sciences.





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What We Do

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Today we face major global challenges, climate change, natural resource use, environmental degradation and remediation, energy development and sustainability. Earth scientists and engineers are at the forefront of addressing these complex problems as they work to understand the origin, transformation, and responsible use of our own planet, including its geology, atmosphere, and bodies of water—and the relationships between them.

This unique college bridges the interface between the earth sciences and fields of engineering offering a wide variety of exciting research and educational experiences with eighteen accredited undergraduate and graduate degrees in the four departments of Atmospheric Sciences, Geology and Geophysics, Mining Engineering, and Metallurgical Engineering.


Dr. Michael Free Awarded DOE Grant

The DOE grant is to lead research aimed at developing a more efficient way to separate isotopes to facilitate domestic isotope production and personnel training.

Human Activity is Shrinking the Salt Flats

Two years of research on unique ecosystem indicate speed racing, mining, government management and climate change may all be factors in depletion of salt crust

Edge on the Competition

Alexander Lark, a graduate student in the Department of Metallurgical Engineering, develops a new, wear-resistant type of metal

Alumni, Emeriti & Friends

David R Hammond

David R Hammond

David Hammond is a geologist, engineer and mineral economist with over 45 years of experience in the natural resource industries. He has been involved at one time or another with almost every energy and mineral commodity, including coal, uranium, base and precious metals, iron ore, oil & gas and most of the industrial minerals. In the course of his career he has held positions in exploration, engineering, financial analysis, marketing, planning, and business development, involving a wide range of staff and management responsibilities with Anaconda Minerals, ARCO Coal, Shell Oil and General Electric's Ladd Petroleum affiliate.


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Last Updated: 9/12/17